I have been offering counselling services to children and youth in B.C. for 20 years. I worked for a time on the mainland but returned home to the Island 9 years ago with my husband to raise our son. I am honoured that you are interested in my services and I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I have been described as slightly non-conventional in the counselling world, which suits me perfectly, and also tends to suit youth who are trying to stand up to the force of the problems in their life. I am very comfortable working with this population, and I feel fortunate that I can connect with teens the way I do, conventionally or in a way that makes sense to them. I believe that people hold many stories about themselves, but when they seek me out, it is usually because they are focused on stories about their problems. I am interested in creating a space where positive personal stories can be remembered and created, and this is accomplished in large part through the use of humour and relationship building. I really enjoy partnering with kids while they work towards positive changes in their life, and I always do so in a curious, empathic and non-judgemental way.
Although I am professionally trained in various therapeutic orientations, I primarily use a Narrative Therapy approach in my practice. I sometimes also use art, drama, and music therapies, as I encourage clients to be creative in our sessions together. Although I am focused on working with teenagers, and young adults, I offer family therapy as well. I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, a B.A. in Child and Youth Care, a Masters in Counselling Psychology, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
I look forward to hearing from you and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about my services.
“All that we are, and all that we will ever be, stems from our relationships with others from the moment of our conception to the time of our departure. This means that all of our struggles are born in relationships and can only be resolved through relationships of one form or another. In its own way, every relationship, new or old, reveals something of who we are and of the work that still lies ahead.”